Sun December 14, 2014

Looking behind the paint, Cornell professor finds hidden patterns

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:45 am

Two beta-radiographs of prints on handmade paper at the Morgan Library and Museum. A computer program developed by a Cornell University professor is helping to find patterns in the paper's makeup.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s a rainy late fall day in New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is crowded. Even Walter Liedtke, one of the museum’s curators, has to vie for viewing space. As he tells the story of a once debated Rembrandt painting, he has to shuffle to the side to make room for some patrons.

"I can’t really see it on the surface, but in X-rays there’s been a lot of discussion as to whether this picture was longer on the bottom," he described, before being interrupted.

Studying the weaves of the canvas is done by shooting x-rays through the layers of paint and exposing what’s behind the image most only glance at on the wall.

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Thu December 4, 2014

Researchers increasingly look to gene therapy for treatments

Credit URMC


Medical researchers are putting a lot of resources into understanding genes as both the causes and solution to many diseases.

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Tue November 25, 2014

Schumer taking firmer stance on need for federal regulations for private drones

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:08 am

Don McCullough via Flickr

After several instances of small drones being spotted near New York City’s largest airport, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is becoming more concerned about safety and privacy concerns over the unmanned aircraft.

Schumer says some recent near-misses between small drones and commercial aircraft and helicopters in New York City show a need for safety and privacy regulations to be released from the Federal Aviation Administration as soon as possible.

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Thu November 13, 2014
Great Lakes

Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River water level plan ready for Washington

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 7:41 am

Fish guide Jeff Garnzee wants to the river preserved for his children and grandchildren. He supports Plan 2014.
Julia Botero WRVO

Local politicians, environmentalists and business owners gathered in Clayton Wednesday to urge Washington, D.C. to adopt a new plan to manage water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

The current plan is 55 years old. This new one promises to restore wetlands and wildlife to the waterways while also extending the boating season. But the issue has been debated for over a decade.

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Fri October 17, 2014

Fredonia debuts $60 million science center

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 9:44 am

SUNY Fredonia's new $60 million science center will be dedicated Friday.

When it comes to the State University of New York at Fredonia, most people think of the arts and education.  But with today’s opening of a new science building, that’s about to change.

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